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A MBERENGWA man, aged 42, who killed his cousin brother over suspicions he was having an adulterous relationship with his wife has been jailed for 10 years.

Todzai Murindi Moyo of Village Mbulawa under Chief Mahlebadza had pleaded guilty to culpable homicide.

Moyo struck cousin, Avias Zivevekwa, 55, with a log on the head. The cousin later succumbed to the assault injuries.

High Court Judge, Justice Lawrence Kamocha sitting the Gweru circuit, said Moyo was lucky to escape with the lesser charge of culpable homicide as he could have been convicted for murder.

“The way you killed your brother who was in the comfort of his home after accusing him of unfounded allegations borders between murder with constructive intent and culpable homicide.

“You are lucky that the state counsel accepted your plea of culpable homicide,” Kamocha said.

The state’s case was that on the 4th June 2008 and at around 7.pm, Zivevekwa was at his homestead sitting in his bedroom hut.

Moyo, who was intoxicated, stormed into Zivevekwa’s bedroom and started shouting abusive words at his cousin, accusing him of having an affair with his wife.

The two brothers dragged each other outside the hut where Moyo picked a log and struck his relative once on the head and arm.

Zivevekwa was ferried to Mavorovondo clinic but was referred to Harare Central Hospital where he died on the 14th June 2008.

A post mortem revealed that the cause of death was a depressed skull fracture, head injuries and assault.

Source : New Zimbabwe